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CN AB: Peace & Harmony on the Hill

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - Edmonton Folk Music Festival's Relaxed Atmosphere Keeps Troublemakers at Bay While several summer music festivals are taking heat for attendees overdosing on drugs, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is busy dealing with scrapes, bruises and the occasional lost child.

CN AB: Festival Reacts To Drug Problems

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
The Calgary Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - 'You can't chaperone 14,000 people' Apart from having pat downs at the entrance and roving security, organizers of the Chasing Summer music festival say there is little they can do to stop party-goers taking illegal drugs.

US MD: OPED: Addicts Need Compassion - And Treatment

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - At a Drug Conference, Pope Francis Wrongly Derided Medication for Drug Abusers On June 21, the Vatican press office published the presentation made by Pope Francis to the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) in Rome. The pope told the conferees, "The problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! ... Substitute drugs are not an adequate therapy, but rather a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon." These comments represent an unfortunate, categorical rejection of "maintenance" treatment of opioid addiction with medications such as methadone.

US DC: D.C.'s Lax Enforcement of Litter Law Bodes Ill for

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 11 Aug 2014 - Police Can't Verify IDs of Violators D.C. police say four out of five violators simply ignore citations for littering - a possible indicator of the difficulty the District will have collecting fines on tickets for marijuana possession, which use the same enforcement mechanism and are off to a similarly slow rate of compliance.

US NM: Column: Immigration Is A Symptom And The Major Cause Is

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 11 Aug 2014 - Both Topics Are Intertwined and Must Be Addressed Together The faces of frightened young children huddling together just inside our border are heartrending. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has the right attitude. Enough talk. Let's act.

US OK: OPED: Legalizing Would Create Public Hazard

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 10 Aug 2014 - Many believe that reform to drug laws is appropriate, and I welcome that debate. I believe we need to continue to explore evidence-based prevention, access to treatment, and alternatives to incarceration. But substance abuse is a public health issue, as well as a criminal justice problem. I do not believe that legalization of marijuana solves the issues raised in the debate on drug policy. We must consider the public health problems associated with increased availability of marijuana. A review of some of the facts cited by the Office of National Drug Control Policy is important for people to consider before they decide this issue.

US FL: OPED: Medical Community Opposes Amendment

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 11 Aug 2014 - Congratulations to the Florida Medical Association for passing a resolution on July 27 to oppose Amendment 2. The FMA is the latest member of the medical community to come out overwhelmingly in opposition to allowing people to buy marijuana in stores across the state based on a recommendation - not a prescription - from a doctor. It continues to baffle me that despite this strong opposition from doctors that the media reporting on this issue are not covering this angle. After all, Amendment 2 is a medical issue, or at least that is how it is advertised.

Canada: Prince Of Pot Almost Free

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 11 Aug 2014 - Marc Emery. Marijuana activist scheduled to return to Canada Tuesday Marc Emery - Canada's Prince of Pot - is expecting to be a free man come Tuesday. The marijuana activist, who has finished serving a four-year jail term in the U.S. for selling seeds online, has been informed he'll be placed on the next flight to Detroit (from a privately run Louisiana detention centre where he was being processed for deportation) and walked across the border to Windsor, Ont., likely on Tuesday, according to his wife, Jodie Emery.

US DC: OPED: A Former Drug Czar Weighs In On Pot And Traffic Fatalities

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 11 Aug 2014 - At the Hudson Institute, David Murray and former drug czar John Walters have responded to my post on marijuana legalization and roadway fatalities in Colorado. It's an odd response. It includes some condescending lecturing about statistics, a complete misunderstanding of my point and criticism of me for overlooking things that my post actually addresses. Before I get to their response, I'll just reiterate that my argument isn't that roadway fatalities in Colorado have fallen because of pot legalization. My argument is this: Opponents of legalization predicted a surge in roadway fatalities due to drivers under the influence of pot. After seven months, that hasn't happened. Roadway fatalities have continued to decline. Opponents of legalization also argue that we've seen an increase in arrests for "drugged driving" and that we've also seen an increase in accidents (in Colorado and in states that have legalized medical marijuana) in which one or more drivers tested positive for pot. My argument is that these tests don't measure inebriation. Therefore, we can't say that those accidents were caused by pot, and we can't say what percentage of those new drugged-driving arrests involved drivers who were actually a threat to the other people on the road. All we can say is that as pot becomes more widely available, a larger percentage of people on the roads are testing positive for pot. It doesn't necessarily mean they were high while driving, nor that they were significant impaired while driving. As pot becomes more widely available, you would expect a large percentage of people to test positive for pot from any sample group.

CN BC: Ending Toddler's Seizures Matters More To Family Than Complying

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
Penticton Herald, 08 Aug 2014 - The family of a two-year-old Summerland girl is willing to break the law to provide her with the cannabis oil that appears to have dramatically reduced the hundreds of seizures she was suffering daily. Kyla Williams, who has a severe seizure disorder, has shown marked improvement during the past five months while her family has been treating her with the illegal oil.

Canada: Canada's Royal Couple Of Marijuana Has Big Plans After Emery's

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 12 Aug 2014 - Marc and Jodie Emery, Canada's royal couple of marijuana, plan to take their drug-reform fight global after Marc returns home from the U.S. a free man. Soon after Marc walks across the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit into Windsor, Ont., Tuesday afternoon, Jodie said the couple will fly to Ireland and Spain on sponsored speaking gigs.

US IL: Bereaved Mother Shares Dangers Of Drug Use

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
Southern Illinoisan, 09 Aug 2014 - MOUNT VERNON -- Chris Marler wasn't prepared for what she found Sept. 5, 2006, in her Marion County home. She planned to have lunch with her youngest son that day, but when she came home both her sons were dead.

US UT: Cities Take Aim At Legal Marijuana

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
The Daily Herald, 09 Aug 2014 - PROVO -- City mayors and a county commissioner were recently warned of the impacts the cities and county may have if recreational marijuana was ever made legal in Utah. On Thursday night at a meeting of the Utah County Council of Governments, a monthly meeting of county and city leaders, the county's Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment made a brief presentation informing the leaders of what has happened in cities and states that have already moved forward with legalizing pot.

US NM: Editorial: Employers Need Final Say On Workers' Use Of Medical

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 10 Aug 2014 - When you go to urgent care, you should be able to be confident the medical professionals treating you aren't high. When you drive down the highway, you should expect a truck driver to be sober. A drug-free workplace is what most people expect - including employers. And that's what Presbyterian Healthcare Services says it is committed to and is required to provide under federal law. So, when a nurse practitioner started working in one of its centers and tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana, she was fired, even though she provided documentation that she is authorized to use medical marijuana to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Donna Smith's attorney says she did not possess or use marijuana at work and had excellent performance reviews at previous jobs.

UK: Column: 'Safe' Cannabis Doesn't Exist, Mr Clegg

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
The Mail on Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 - THE Sun newspaper, which has in the past been a keen cheerleader and bootlicker for the Blair creature, the Iraq and Afghan Wars and for David Cameron, now wants a 'rethink' on drug laws. Well, you can't rethink till you've thought in the first place. Its pretext for this irresponsible tripe is an interview with Nick Clegg, in which he claims we're too tough on drug possession. The courts, he drivels, are 'imprisoning 1,000 users a year who have not committed a crime other than possession'.

US CA: Mendocino Pot Eradication Creates A Mystery

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 10 Aug 2014 - Tales of mysterious men in black or camouflage dropping from helicopters into legal marijuana gardens, cutting the plants, then disappearing with nary a word to the growers, have been spreading fear among Mendocino County pot cultivators. Many believe the intruders are private, paramilitary security officers conducting vigilante anti-pot operations, but the real story likely is less intriguing, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

CN ON: Editorial: Injection Sites Are Not The Answer

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 10 Aug 2014 - Last week, another study was released that concluded a supervised injection site would be a "fiscally responsible harm reduction strategy" to prevent the spread of HIV and Hep C. Once again, without apology, we are going to make our position clear. No.

CN BC: Health Officials Meeting To Tackle Methadose Issue

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 08 Aug 2014 - Welcome news. Teleconference set up to discuss claims that some patients are relapsing after switch Government and health officials are meeting Friday to discuss claims that some patients are relapsing after B.C. switched patients to a commercial methadone product in February.

UK: Drug-Running Teenage Boys Freed Despite Carrying Crack

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Evening Standard, 08 Aug 2014 - Brothers aged 14 and 15 walked free from court despite being found with crack cocaine while dealing for a notorious "Wire-style" gang in London. The younger boy had 21 wraps of crack on him and his brother spat four wraps of crack from his mouth in a sale to an undercover officer. They were arrested in an operation targeting a gang engaged in "prolific drug dealing".

Canada: Party Drug Strategy Sought For Festivals

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 09 Aug 2014 - Recent deaths prompt calls for harm-reduction policies instead of idea that substances can be banned from music events Two families are gathering for funerals this weekend, mourning after yet another Canadian music festival was hit by tragedy.